The history of the
is linked with the geographical place where it is located: Granada. On a
rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro,
protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in
the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones
in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate
beauty they enclose.
Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of
royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century,
after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the
first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known
Throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the fortress
became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two
main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard,
and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and
the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there. The
Charles V Palace (which was built after the city was taken by the Catholic
Monarchs in 1492) is also in the medina.
complex of monuments also has an independent palace opposite the Alhambra,
surrounded by orchards and gardens, which was where the Granadine kings
relaxed: the Generalife.
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